Sunshine Tour

Burmester wins Lombard Classic in style

2015-05-24 17:18
Keith Horne (Petrie Oeschger / Sunshine Tour / Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Dean Burmester set a new record for the lowest winning total at the Lombard Insurance Classic after carding a Sunday 65 to finish the week on 23-under-par.

“Red 23 is my grandfather’s lucky number and I managed to pull it off. It wasn’t as easy as it looks on the scoreboard. I’m really happy with how the day went and hopefully there are many more like this,” he said.

The four-time Sunshine Tour champ used his distance off the tee to obliterate Royal Swazi Sun Country Club throughout the week and sealed a five-shot win over Keith Horne and Peter Karmis.

“This is a fantastic breeding ground for South African golf,” said Burmester. “Every time you have a victory it secures your place on tour. In world golf people notice when you win tournaments, and it helps you get overseas and move to bigger things.”

The 25-year-old local began the day one stroke clear of Jared Harvey and had work to do after he turned in two-under-par 34, but he produced world-class shots and raced home in 31.

Burmester ranks fifth on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and hasn’t missed a cut since the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open in November last year.

This season he’s played 10 tournaments and finished in the top 20 at every one, along with winning the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open and this week’s Lombard Insurance Classic.

“A week like this is massive and long may this good form continue. The putter has been hot all season, so hopefully they keeps going in for me,” he said.

The sky really does seem to be the limit for Burmester, who will take a break over the winter months as he and his wife, Mel, prepare for the birth of their first child, a boy expected on July 21.

“I’m going to try to get into some Challenge Tour events in July and also try to qualify for the British Open, but right now I’m just looking to get back to the wife and my little boy who’s on the way,” he said.

FINAL SCORES (RSA unless otherwise specified):

193 - Dean Burmester 63 65 65

198 - Keith Horne 72 64 62, Peter Karmis 67 65 66

199 - Thanda Mavundla 63 70 66

200 - Rourke van der Spuy 67 68 65, Jared Harvey 62 67 71

201 - James Kamte 66 68 67

202 - Neil Schietekat 71 66 65

203 - Ruan de Smidt 71 66 66, Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 66 69 68, Andrew Curlewis 66 68 69, Ockie Strydom 67 65 71

204 - Jean Hugo 67 67 70

205 - Shaun Norris 70 69 66, Keenan Davidse 69 69 67, Drikus Bruyns 66 70 69

206 - Ryan Tipping 69 72 65, Werner van Niekerk 72 68 66, Francesco Laporta (ITA) 73 67 66, Mark Murless 71 64 71

207 - Jaco Prinsloo 71 71 65, Michael Hollick 70 71 66, Jaco Ahlers 71 67 69, Michiel Bothma 71 67 69, Jake Redman 71 67 69, Bradford Vaughan 71 67 69, Heinrich Bruiners 67 71 69, Ulrich van den Berg 65 71 71, Wallie Coetsee 67 67 73

208 - Andrew Georgiou 69 72 67, Divan van den Heever 66 74 68, Vaughn Groenewald 72 66 70, Callum Mowat 66 72 70, PH McIntyre 66 70 72, Titch Moore 66 68 74

209 - JJ Senekal 70 72 67, Rhys West 67 73 69

210 - JC Ritchie 69 73 68, Jacques Kruyswijk 71 70 69, Louis de Jager 67 74 69, Le Roux Ferreira 69 71 70

211 - Colin Nel 70 71 70, Tyrone Ferreira 68 73 70

212 - Steven Ferreira 68 74 70, Doug McGuigan 71 71 70, Shaun Smith 69 73 70, Christiaan Basson 69 71 72, Tyrone Ryan 70 70 72, JeanPaul Strydom 74 66 72, Andrew McLardy 70 69 73

213 - Tyrone Mordt 71 71 71, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 67 75 71, Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 69 71 73

214 - Wynand Dingle 73 69 72, Erik van Rooyen 67 74 73, Drikus van der Walt 71 70 73, Zander Lombard 69 71 74

215 - Warren Abery 68 72 75

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